The 992-Gen Porsche 911 has been revealed as a track-bred, road-going monster of a car that’s wider and more powerful than its predecessor but, shockingly, nearly the same weight. Under that muscular hood sits a naturally aspirated flat-six that produces 502 horsepower (374 kW) and 346 pound-feet (469 Nm) of torque. The engine is capable of revving all the way up to 9,000 rpm, features six independent throttle bodies (one for each cylinder), and a brand-new set of light-weight pistons. Shifting duties are handled by Porsche’s seven-speed PDK automatic by default, but you can opt for a six-speed manual if you prefer.
With the PDK transmission, the 911 can print to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.2 seconds and will continue to hold you against the seat all the way up to 197 mph. Porsche was able to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 6 minutes and 59.927 seconds. For a bit of contrast, the last-gen 911 GT3 made the same run in 7:12.7 while the last GT3 RS did it in 6:56.4.
More interestingly, however, is that the 992-gen 911 GT3 doesn’t share a single suspension component with the standard 911. Instead, Porsche went with a double-wishbone setup in the front as opposed to having an independent MacPherson strut in each corner. Compared to the normal 911, the GT3 features integrated cooling ducts in the front along with an adjustable lip spoiler and diffuser. The rear features a manually adjustable swan-neck spoiler. Compared to the standard 911, the GT3’s track is 1.9-inches wider, which translates to better handling at higher speeds, among other things.
To save weight, Porsche has composed the hood, rear wing, spoiler, and optional roof out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The glass all around the cabin is also super thin to help shave off a few pounds. The wheels – 20-inch in the front and 21-inch in the rear – are around 3.5 pounds (1.6 kb) lighter than those on the last-gen GT3 and if you want to pay for them, you can get the same set of street-legal track tires Porsche used to make the Nürburgring run.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Specifications
|Engine||4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer|
|0 to 60 mph||3.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||197 mph|